About

We are a small team that is focused on what we have set out to do. We Showcase Mumbai’s Art Deco, Advocate its Conservation, Chronicle its History and Photo Document its Deco neighbourhoods.We bring a high level of integrity and commitment to quality in this initiative. We have created a repository of information that will give you an appreciation of Mumbai’s Art Deco and for the researcher, academic, historian and others we offer a platform that captures Mumbai’s Art Deco in some depth.

Atul Kumar

Founder Trustee

Atul has worked actively for over 18 years on civic issues, protecting open spaces and South Mumbai’s Art Deco heritage precinct. He is passionate about conservation, civic and governance issues, the environment and saving Mumbai’s iconic modern living Art Deco heritage. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS).

Shirin Bharucha

Trustee

Shirin retired as Legal Advisor to TATA companies in 2001. She is a Trustee on several Trusts spanning arts, culture, music, education, preservation of open spaces and social welfare including the CSMVS (Prince of Wales Museum), National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), UDRI, OVAL Trust, Art Deco Mumbai Trust and others.

Prof. Mustansir Dalvi

Trustee

Mustansir is Professor of Architecture at Sir JJ College of Architecture. His PhD from the IIT-Bombay (IDC), examined Bombay's Art Deco Architecture from a semiotic perspective. He has also lectured, read and published several papers on architectural education, architectural history and heritage, urban transformation and architectural semiotics. He has delivered public lectures at the Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi and the Asiatic Society in Mumbai. He is the editor of '20th Century Compulsions' (Marg), a collection of writings about early Indian modernist architecture. His research is widely published including 'Buildings that shaped Bombay: the Architecture of G. B. Mhatre' (UDRI) & 'Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern' (Marg).

Sujata P Kumar

Trustee

Sujata is a successful businesswoman, Director on several public companies and committed to social causes particularly in healthcare and education. She is a Trustee of Kasturba Health Society, Wardha and Parekh Foundation

Vishaka Bhat

Senior Associate, Documentation & Digital Assets

Vishaka is an architect deeply invested in documenting Mumbai’s Art Deco heritage while promoting awareness and appreciation for its historical significance. After graduation, she worked on commercial building projects at an architectural firm. She enjoys writing, travelling and exploring relationships between society, culture and the built environment. You can spot her with her camera capturing buildings as she helps build the Photo documentation initiative poring over pictures, evaluating structures and creating documentation panels.

Theertha Gangadharan

Researcher & Archivist

Theertha is a researcher with an interest in Mumbai’s urban history and the Modern history of India. After graduating in History from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and completing her Master’s from the University of Mumbai, she briefly worked as an intern at an archiving and research agency in the city. Her main interest lies in researching and recording the links between the city’s tangible and intangible heritage, and improving information accessibility in the digital age.

Maulika K Hegde

Communication & Design Practitioner

Maulika is a graphic designer and illustrator. In her former (professional) life, she was a lawyer. She enjoys writing, quizzing, and tinkering around with paper.

Suhasini Krishnan

Junior Editor & Creative Producer

Suhasini is a writer, editor and creative producer with a background in Film Studies and History. Her research interest in Mumbai is guided by the city's dynamism, which lent itself to a thriving film industry, visibly modern urban forms, and livelihoods of all kinds. A journalist by qualification, she does a bit of everything at Art Deco Mumbai - oral histories, programming, writing, editing and video production. When not at work, she stays up to date on pop culture, buys seasonal flowers, and hopes to one day have a "Read" pile of books taller than her "To-Be-Read" pile.